Former GCMS Coach Inducted into IHSA Hall of Fame

Ron Metz, former GCMS football coach, was inducted into the Illinois High School Association Hall of Fame on Saturday, March 30.  The following biography was presented at the induction ceremony.

Following military service and graduation from college, Ron came back to his alma mater Forrest-Strawn-Wing to begin coaching as an assistant.  After spending sixteen seasons as a head coach for Cornell, Avon, and Gibson City, he retired to enter the banking business.

Through his congeniality and an enormous amount of leadersip, Ron brought integrity to every program where he coached.  Challenging students, he developed tradition which established an atmosphere where football was to be taken seriously.  As a result, Ron’s record is reflective of it.  At the three schools, he stands at 82-59-3.

As his teams swept to two Wilco Championships at Avon, they also finished two campaigns unbeaten.  In his last coaching assignment, Ron revived the Gibson City program.  Commanding those he coached and worked with, he took Gibson City from being the doormat of the Wauseca Conference to that of being very competitive.  In eight seasons, Ron produced a conference championship and made the playoffs twice.  In one period of time between Avon and Gibson City, Ron’s squads had a nineteen consecutive game win streak.

In the years at Gibson City, he spent time serving the school district and community.  Ron is the past President of the Lions Club.  For eight years he was Athletics Director.  He eventually came back to the high school and worked as an assistant for four years.  During his time at the school, he was on the IHSA Football Advisory Board, started the flag football league for youths and acted as Director of the ICA Football Region.  Ron also selected players for the ICA/Shrine All-Star game.

We congratulate Ron for this well deserved honor and sincerely thank him for all his service to the GCMS community!

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